Loyal University of Washington fans should be heartened by the fact that the Huskies played No. 7-ranked Oregon to a 31-31 tie through three quarters Saturday (10-20-07) before being outscored 24-3 in the fourth quarter and losing 55-34.
Up until Saturday’s confrontation at home against the Ducks, the Huskies had pretty much lost it coming out of the locker room for the second half.
The media coverage following the loss concentrated mostly on the Huskies giving up 661 yards to Oregon’s high-scoring offense, 465 rushing yards and a career-high 251 rushing yards to Duck tailback Jonathan Stewart, a product of Timberline High School in Lacey, who should have been a Husky.
Instead of acknowledging the fact that Oregon gave up 34 points in their win, the media drew attention to the fact that the loose rushing defense caused the Huskies to drop to 118th in rushing defense among 119 major college teams, and rank 107th overall in defensive yards allowed.
Heck, at least half if not three quarters of the teams in America would ufabet ทางเข้าบอลสเต็ป be exactly where the Husky defense is ranked if they had played Washington’s schedule through the first seven games. Washington has played the toughest schedule for the last five weeks among 242 Division I teams.
The Husky defense is not as bad as the statistics would suggest. For one thing, Washington has no depth anywhere and by the 4th quarter, not only were too many players out of position, they were winded from being on the field with Oregon’s offense for more than 34 minutes.
For another, Washington has played 5 nationally-ranked teams straight up halfway through those games, leading in 3 of them against Ohio State (only the current No. 1 team in the country), USC (then ranked No. 2) and No. 12-ranked Arizona State.
Here is a news flash: Washington was supposed to lose to Oregon. I predicted it weeks ago.
Rather than focus on everything that was not happening against Oregon, let’s recognize what did happen:
1) Redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Locker threw an 83-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Anthony Russo, the 4th-longest TD pass in Husky history. Russo now has at least one reception in 31 consecutive games.
2) Jake Locker threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Marcel Reese.
3) Jake Locker threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to senior tailback Louis Rankin, the longest reception of his career.
4) Jake Locker threw another touchdown pass to Marcel Reese, this one for 38 yards.